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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First attempt.....
« on: January 14, 2011, 06:12:05 PM »
Keep it in the low to mid 60s (or as close as you can get) and forget about it for 2 weeks.  Then check the gravity.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:40:38 PM »
A difference in what? Runoff speed?  Mine is consistent whether the cooler is 1/4 full or completely full.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:17:16 PM »
Denny, surely you know by heart how long to expect a batch to run off based on volume going to the kettle.

The one time I really timed it, it took 15 min. form the time I started the mash runoff til I finished the sparge runoff.  That includes the mash vorlauf, stirring in the sparge water, and sparge vorlauf.  That was for 8 gal. of wort in the kettle.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best for straining
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:06:42 PM »
Ahh, very different question!  Yeah, after you cool your wort down (don't do it when it's hot!) just strain the hops out with a sanitized strainer on the way to the fermenter.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First AG batch......
« on: January 14, 2011, 03:27:06 PM »
Nope, I've never measured it.  Maybe I'll remember to do that one of these days.  I closed it all the way and then opened it enough so that I saw the rollers just barely move. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:14:13 PM »
*edit*

does the braid really get suction along the full length of the braid?

I don't think it does, which would make the length of the braid somewhat moot.

not sure entirely.

I've experimented with this numerous times and the braid gets no "suction" at all.  That's why the length of braid doesn't really matter.  All the draining happens where the braid attaches to the outlet.  You can prove it by filling your (rectangular) cooler with water and lifting the braid out of the water as it drains.  No change in flow rate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:12:08 PM »
Look, I've gotta say that other than as a hypothetical exercise, this idea just isn't practical.  Why go to all that effort when you can just build a new cooler?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Batch Sparge Theory
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:53:47 PM »
Sorry to not really answer your question, but being the pragmatic type I am, switching to a rectangular cooler seems a much simpler solution.  But hypothetically, I'd guess you're correct.  But that's a difficult solution compared to a new cooler!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First AG batch......
« on: January 14, 2011, 12:00:39 PM »
I know you have a JSP Maltmill with a fixed factory setting which should be .039". Have you checked that mill gap setting?

No, EXCELLENT point. My inexperienced eye thought the milling was a little fine. I will measure the gap and also take a picture of some milled grains.

I use an adjustable JSP.  I have the gap closed almost as far as it will go.  From the time I start my mash runoff til the time I finish my sparge runoff takes 15 min. for about 8 gal. of wort.  That includes vorlauf for the mash, adding the sparge water, and vorlauf for the sparge.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice Hulls?
« on: January 14, 2011, 10:17:22 AM »
I've never had a stuck runoff, so I've never had a reason to use them.

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Please keep in mind that your question should pertain to yeast and/or fermentation.  We've been getting some that don't quite fit that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I is a STAR!
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:39:12 PM »
Cool! 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Whose got RIMS
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:23:57 PM »
Man, Paul, that looks like a level of engineering beyond my comprehension!

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Ingredients / Re: New bulk grain supplier
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:20:58 PM »
Good sleuthing!

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Too many club activities this weekend to brew!

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